Kathy Prestridge received her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 1998 in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences. Her B.S. is from Princeton University in Aerospace Engineering. Kathy is the Team Leader of the Extreme Fluids Team, as well as Principal Investigator for the horizontal shock tube, vertical shock tube, and turbulent mixing tunnel experiments. Kathy's research interests focus on studying the behavior of materials under high strain conditions, shock-driven instabilities, mixing and turbulence.